The small village of Godolphin Cross, at the tip of England, has Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid to thank for being able to buy their village hall.
The village was at risk of losing the former chapel, which is being sold by the Methodist church.
But a donor, since revealed to be the Vice President and Ruler of Dubai – whose racing stable is also named Godolphin – has allowed the villagers to buy their hall.
Their community association asked Sheikh Mohammed for help in November. "These kinds of things don’t normally happen," said association chairman Richard McKie. "It’s a fairy tale. It’s not often a sheikh steps in to help a Cornish village." After first describing him only as an "international donor", Mr McKie told the Cornwall Live website: "It was Sheikh Mohammed." The association had only raised about a quarter of the Dh460,000 asking price for the hall that doubles as the village’s community centre.
Mr McKie said the association would now make a formal offer to buy the chapel. "We can’t thank Sheikh Mohammed enough and we’d love to see him in this neck of the woods any time," he said. "He would be assured of a very warm welcome.
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